Sunday, May 16, 2004


County water czar says we won't recognize herbicide damage

The Regional Water Quality Control Board plans to cite the Sonoma County Water Agency for killing grasses and small trees with herbicides along 50 miles of County flood control channel access roads. SCWA didn't obtain a permit to spray within the banks of the waterways themselves. The agency blames the county's pest control contractor.

A Press Democrat story (5/16/04, "County water agency faulted/Too much herbicide sprayed along access roads, state says") said water agency officials "received a handful of complaints about brown vegetation along the creeks and one from a homeowner whose backyard garden adjacent to the creek was wiped out by the herbicides."

County water czar Randy Poole says not to worry: "Some people will say it's disastrous, but it isn't. In six to eight weeks everything will be brown and you won't notice."

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